About The Trip
Hop on to the remarkable Annapurna Circuit Trek, experiencing the impressive Annapurna massif reaching the summit at Thorong La Pass (5,416 m. /17,769 ft.) and descending to Muktinath. You observe the best possible views of mountains over 8000-meter height and experience the perfect proximal presence of the Himalayas. It includes Annapurna Range (8091 m), Machhapuchhre (6,993 m/22,943 ft.), Dhaulagiri Massif (8,167 m/26,795 ft.), Manaslu Range (8,163m/26,759 ft.), Pisang Peak (6,091 m/19,984 ft.), Thorong Peak (6,144 m / 20,275 ft.), and many more. Winding through some of the world's tallest mountains, deep gorges, high passes, hot springs, Buddhist and Hindu temples, and rural farmlands with charming villagers makes your trek memorable.
First opened in 1977, Annapurna Circuit Trek in Himalaya has been one of Nepal's most eye-catching and charming trek routes. This trek attracts thousands of tourists with beautiful mountain peaks, high passes, diverse terrain, and different cultures. Hiking Annapurna Circuit is the most incredible and life-changing experience you can have during your travel, where you will be absolutely captivated by the area from the very first day of your trek.
Annapurna Circuit Trek in Nepal Himalayas lies in the north-western part with the most versatile trekking region in Nepal. This trek is also described as the land of contrasts because it covers the country's windiest, driest and wettest place in a single trek. Annapurna Circuit Trekking experience and feel like going back to the past, as the beauty and wilderness are still preserved and intact in the purest form. The trekking route covers two furious river valley called Marshyangdi and Kali Gandaki. The highest point of this trekking route is Thorong La Pass (5,416 m/17,769 ft.).
You will find many notable attractions during the trek and amaze you with raging waterfalls, rivers, high passes, transitional settlements, and high villages. Beautiful sparkling blue color lakes and rivers add an elegant splash of color to the scenery. As you cross the pass, you will be amazed to see the Muktinath Temple, a famous Hindu pilgrimage site. You can also see desert-like the landscape in Manang and Mustang in the trans-Himalayan region. Rugged trails surrounded by green hills, clustered houses, and snowy peaks with hospitable people and their lifestyle and tradition make your trek worth remembering.
Trekking to Annapurna Circuit enriches you with diverse flora and faunas with different types of Himalayan human settlements. During the trek, you will be crossing Annapurna Conservation Area, and you will come into contact with climatic variation from subtropical to alpine. There is a distinction in vegetation, wildlife, and socio-cultural aspects of the region. You may also get a chance to explore endangered animals like musk deer, blue sheep, and snow leopard. During the trek, you will cross numerous paddy fields, subtropical woodlands, cascades, typical towns, and natural scenic forests. You will also get a chance to inspect a medieval-like village with preserved Thakali and Gurung culture. Most of the trials are influenced by Buddhist culture and pass through decorated trials with fluttering prayer flags and mani walls.
In addition to this trip, other incredible alternative trekking routes are seeking more significant challenges. You can choose any trip from Annapurna Region Trekking like Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek, Mohare Danda, and Mardi Himal Trek. For more Annapurna Trekking Package, you can explore more exclusive Himalayan Odyssey tour packages.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Route
The trekking route of the Annapurna Circuit Trek can diversify upon the package you prefer. The trek itinerary generally varies from 12-20 days. You can choose the one based on the number of days possible for trekking on your schedule.
Usually, the Annapurna Circuit Trekking journey begins with an adventure and scenic drive from the capital city of Kathmandu to Dharapani. We then enter into the striking Chame (2,670 m) and Pisang (3,230 m) via Besisahar. We enter the majestic Manang town (3,450 m), where we acclimatize for the first time during the trek.
On the next day, we will acclimatize and investigate the region through short hikes. The trek starts to get a bit tough as we cross through the altitude of 4000 m as we reach Sri Kharaka village (4,060 m). If you choose the longer itinerary, you will get to perceive the natural Tilicho Lake (4,949 m) and explore around the surreal Tilicho Base Camp (4.200 m).
The shorter duration trek jumps past these routes to arrive at the meadows of Sri Kharka and Yak Kharka (4200m). The treks are short but need long climbing and descent that may physically drain you. The most challenging part of the trek is the walk through the majestic Thorong La Pass (5416 m), which is the highest point of the trek.
The trek then leads to the sacred temple of Muktinath (3,800 m) from Thorong La pass. We worship at the pilgrimage site of Muktinath, where both Hindu and Buddhist tourists come to wash away their sins. You will get to acclimatize and relax well at various points of the trek. The trails throughout the Muktinath area meet with the motor roads in the area. The buses and jeeps traveling in the route make the path dusty and noisy. Hence, many trekkers avoid trekking and take Jeep direct to Muktinath. You can also catch a straight flight from Jomsom to Pokhara.
If you wish to explore the Annapurna Region and expand the Annapurna Circuit Trek length, you can trek to the gorgeous Ghorepani-Poon hill viewpoint, from where you can witness a majestic sunrise view of the white peaks. We then tumble downhill to Tikhedhunga (1,550 m), drive to Nayapul, and further Pokhara (910 m). After some celebration of successful competition of trek then we drive to Kathmandu through the scenic winding roads.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Difficulty
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is a challenging journey in terms of difficulty. Annapurna Circuit Trek has varied paths that can be rugged, steep, or slippery. The trail additionally holds a lot of stairways which can add more difficulty than walking straight. Additionally, the high and varying altitude creates some troubles during the trek. The route takes you to 5,416 m, which is the height of Thorong La, the highest point of this trek. This part of the trek is tough due to the heavy snowfall and extreme cold throughout the year. You make your way within several most demanding areas, rough, dry, and steep most of the time. This adds to the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty level more.
Unlike many other trips, you cannot level down the Annapurna Circuit Trek difficulty level. You may skip some parts of the trail, but you will miss the best parts away from the trek. The only thing you can do is to prepare for the trek physically. Various cardiovascular exercises and activities like cycling, hiking, swimming, jogging will help you gain the fitness levels required for this trek. It helps to level up stamina, their ability to adapt to the environment, and their trekking skills.
The climate is another irregular phase that will affect your Annapurna Round Trek. Depending on the weather situation, the difficulty and challenges that you will encounter on the trial matter. The trek gives us ample acclimatization and rest. With the correct arrangement, you can achieve the trek without any trouble.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Weather
Nepal contains a diverse landscape with different geographical conditions. Nepal possesses all tropical as well as alpine weather conditions. So, if you are thinking of visiting Nepal, you can schedule it throughout the year. There are usually four seasons a year and fit destinations as their attraction.
September to November
By far, it is the most popular trekking period in the Annapurna region. Hikers gather in the region to feel the clean, fresh, and energized area after the monsoon period. The weather is generally mild on the lower part, with an average temperature of 15 degrees Celsius and night temperatures remain above freezing. As you get higher in altitude temperatures, drop quite considerably.
In this month views are generally crystal clear, rainfall is very low, and there are more sunny days during this period. The night sky is magnificent during this period, and you will be surprised to see a billion stars that appear every night in bright clarity!
December to February
This is the coldest weather season in the Annapurna region. Depending on the altitude, daytime will be very cool, and night will drop below freezing. If the pass is closed, you may have to back-track on yourself and won't be able to complete the Circuit. Tea houses may open during the cold winter period, and if you decide to trek in this season, you will find a warm meal and place to rest.
The winter period commonly consists of cloudy days that obscure views. However, there are frequently crystal clear days that are often more clear than mid-summer!
Towards the end of the winter, around March, you will start to see the striking images of rhododendrons as they begin to sprout around Ghorepani. These are not missed and decorate green hillsides into red, white, and pink sparks of color.
March to May
The colorful rhododendrons and warmer weather make trekkers attracted easily during this period. This is another popular trekking season, and the snow that bothered the route is all but dissolute on the lower parts.
April is a beautiful time for crystal clear views, especially when you blend them with the shinning red hills of rhododendrons. The average daytime temperature at lower altitudes is around 10 degrees Celsius while the night usually is freezing.
June to August
Mid-June sees the coming of the Monsoon period. However, in Annapurna Region, much of the Circuit can be trekked, particularly in the northern parts where rainfall is low. We however don't recommend trekking in the monsoon season because southern parts get heavy rain.
But the Mustang region lies within the rain-shadow area makes trekking perfectly possible during the Monsoon. While Pokhara gets 800mm of rain per month during this period. Regions like Jomsom and Marpha get as little as 50mm!
You will meet few trekkers who have the added benefit of observing all the beautiful flora species, which makes the trek particularly lovely.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Cost
When you are thinking about exploring the Himalayas like Annapurna Circuit, there will be many factors to consider, like route, best time, and how fit we need to be? But one of the most important confusion will be, "How much does Annapurna Circuit Trek cost?"
Whether you are budget dependent or not, it is essential to consider how much you want to pay for the trip and what is the actual cost. The baseline cost of the Annapurna Circuit Trek will depend on the number of variables. Your cost will change based on how comprehensive you want your trip to be.
On average Annapurna Circuit, the trek will generally be 10-18 days, and the cost is generally somewhere between USD 1547 to USD 1455. This price includes domestic flights, trekking permits, meals, professional trekking guides, porters, accommodation, entry fees, and others. You will get some discounts if you are in groups. The cost of Annapurna Circuit Trek highly depends upon traveling as private or in a group.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Permit Cost
- Annapurna Conservation Area Permit (ACAP)
The entry fee per person, for SAARC USD.10 per person, and for other Nationals USD30 per person.
Annapurna Circuit Trek Altitude
Photo: Altitude Chart